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Module

PSY3030 : Foundations in Forensic Psychology

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Carla Chivers
  • Owning School: Psychology
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

To provide students with an insight into the psychology behind criminal investigations and to develop their critical understanding of: (i) how the classification of crimes can vary in terms of their severity and how that then subsequently impacts on how an investigation may be conducted, (ii) how the interviewing models and best practice guidelines used in police training (and available to interviewing officers) have developed as a result of utilising psychological theory and research and the impact that has had on investigative interviewing, (iii) criminal investigations from the perspective of victims/witnesses and suspects (including children), and: (iv) the way such research can be used in an applied setting through investigative psychology.

Outline Of Syllabus

Introduction to criminal investigations;
History of investigative interviewing: Development of interviewing models and best practice guidelines:
Theories of crime and psychological research applied to cases concerning:
•       Domestic abuse/intimate partner violence
•       Rape/sexual assault
•       Child sexual abuse/paedophilia
•       Arson
•       Trafficking/abduction/kidnapping
•       Courtroom decision making

Teaching Methods

Module leaders are revising this content in light of the Covid 19 restrictions.
Revised and approved detail information will be available by 17 August.

Assessment Methods

Module leaders are revising this content in light of the Covid 19 restrictions.
Revised and approved detail information will be available by 17 August.

Reading Lists

Timetable